In 2012 alone, Americans spent an estimated $163.44 billion on our furniture, home appliances, and other accouterments for our homes. There is a lot to consider when buying the items that will fill in and give life to our homes. What type of GE cooktops do we want? Can we fit floor length mirrors in the bedroom next to the queen panel bed? How much will all of this cost? If you want to find furniture, like kids table and chairs, that fit your home without breaking the bank, read on.
- Consider Energy Efficient Appliances
- Make Sure You Have Seating for Everyone
- Find Pieces That Work Together
As aforementioned, we already spend billions on our furniture and appliances. However, buying the best does not mean we have to continue to spend huge amounts after we have installed our favorite GE double wall ovens or Frigidaire ranges. Consider, the average dishwasher costs Americans $108 every year in energy costs.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that modern appliances for our kitchens, living rooms, and other spaces use 50% less energy than their outdated counterparts. In fact, according to EnergyStar.gov, environmentally friendly, energy efficient appliances can save Americans $4.4 billion on energy costs per year. Consider eco-friendly options to cut utility costs in your home.
Of course, cost is just one of many issues to consider when buying furniture. Naturally, you want to provide your family and guests with comfortable places to relax. Whereas the Europeans of the 1800’s only provided the heads of the home with chairs, forcing servants and lower social classes to sit on the floor, everyone deserves a place to sit in modern times. Consider kids table and chairs, comfortable couches, and love seats so everyone can relax in your home.
One of the most important keys to comfort in the home is its style. After all, putting together pieces and colors that do not work together can be a real eyesore. However, as Houzz.com points out, furniture does not have to perfectly match to work together. Instead, focus on pieces whose undertones and accents play with each other. For instance, so long as your kids table and chairs share a tone with the drapes or carpeting, they will likely work. As another example, consider the bed frames in your bedroom. Whether you have an early bed frame with simple, low head boards and low turned posts or a more modern style, just make sure the undertones and accents play off of others in your bedroom.
Where to Find the Best Furniture
Before you can put any of these tips to use, you have to know where to find the best kids table and chairs, kids bed furniture, and any other pieces for your home. Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done. After all, there are 35,090 furniture stores in the U.S., according to IBIS. Having said that, there are two main ways to find a great retailer:
- Ask family and friends for recommendations
- Search the web for low cost, high quality providers, like “shopping cart” style storefronts
Keep all of these tips in mind to find only the most comfortable, most energy efficient furniture and appliances for your home. Not only can you cut your utility bills, but you can have a home that is comforting to all your guests, both for their eyes and their bodies.